Morning Dew, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > It's All Over Now, Baby Blue China Cat Sunflower > jam > High Time > Mama Tried, Hard To Handle, Casey Jones, Lovelight
The beginning of Morning Dew is clipped, with the sound quality improving on into the song. The beginning of St. Stephen has some slightly ragged degradation for a few seconds. There is a minor splice during the first few notes of Baby Blue. Casey Jones is cut. The beginning of Lovelight is clipped. Some of the minor volume level fluctuations were adjusted using Sound Forge. Major volume fluctuations render much of Baby Blue as virtually unlistenable, and this is noted on the master at deadlists.com. There is some oversaturation during louder moments of the second set.
March 16, 2018 Subject:
Night 2 at Electric Theater, su69
Only audio I can find of this night. Inclined to agree with oceantree, "the recording is muddy, with great hiss." It's hard to overcome, but I wouldn't give it two stars and it's not terrible for 69. Basically the first dark star that Chicago gets treated to. 4/26 doesn't count, in my opinion. While the dark star jam is good there, sandwiched between a tasty mountains of the moon and a crunchy china cat sunflower, it's just over a minute. This night's version is 18-minutes. Though not as good as others, can't even really complain when you get the full dark star->stephen->eleven medley. Otherwise, there's a sweet, early and slow version of Baby Blue, a set two China Cat rocker opener, and a 35-minute Lovelight to close. Very different from preceding July 4th show.
April 28, 2015 Subject:
Aside from a really good first couple songs, shaky & fraught...
November 22, 2012 Subject:
Sounds as if this theater is almost empty.I love the sound. It sounds as is they are jamming to a big empty hall,I would think is not the case.Yet sounds great with the hollow sound. Listen to this lovelight is raw and tight if that makes sense at all. yes is somewhat muddy at times but we still get to listen our musical heros this many years later play.
April 23, 2008 Subject:
Summer of 69...
Good to high quality stereo audio and good to excellent mix.
There are better live recordings, and there are worse. For 1969, this one is fine.
Tape hiss apparent when musical dynamics are low. Yeah? So?
Welcome to 1969, the year NASA said "we're going to the Moon, tape hiss and all".
The "SHOW" is happening. The GRATEFUL DEAD perform their music effortlessly.
A nice slow version of "It's All Over Now Baby Blue", but the tape ain't hittin' the heads correctly, tape wobble and hiss haunt the recording.
China Cat Sunflower returns to the same audio quality and mix prior to "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and goes into "High Time"...peculiar?
"Momma Tried" has some vocal distortion.
"Hard To Handle" is very trippy...and Pigpen holds it all together...
"Casey Jones" is an early arrangement.
"Turn On Your Love Light" is only 35 minutes and 01 second long, and Pigpen rocks the house. He directs the band like a conductor.
5 Stars for Pigpen and the DEAD, 4 stars for the recording/mix.
Eat, drink, be merry and listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love.
January 2, 2007 Subject:
I an no expert on sound quality, but anytime the Dead play Dark Star it is something special.
January 1, 2007 Subject:
Very good show. Lovelight is good and Baby Blue is great. Definately deserves better than 2 stars. Sound is poor through the first half of the recording.
January 16, 2005 Subject:
just a head's-up to those like me who scan back through for undiscovered nuggets- as far as performance, this show sounds like it was an effin great one, but the recording is muddy, with great hiss, and really not the best...can anyone clean 'er up?